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The Outpost is a privately owned luxury safari lodge designed by Italian born architect Enrico Daffonchio and winner of numerous international awards.

The award winning bathrooms at The OutpostLocated in a vast wilderness area in the northernmost part of Kruger National Park called the Makuleke Region. This region covers around 28 000 hectares and is home to large herds of elephant and buffalo. It is bordered to the north by the Limpopo River and Zimbabwe and to the east by Crooks Corner and Mozambique.

The Accommodation

The design of the lodge is unashamedly contemporary and consist of the main lodge and 12 stand-alone living spaces set against the side of a hill overlooking the Luvuvhu River. You will enjoy your own private outdoor terrace, indoor lounge and bedroom with king size bed, an award-winning en-suite bathroom that have stunning views of the surrounding bush. From the inside, retractable remote controlled screens can be opened to offer 180-degree views of the river valley below.

Being in such a remote location does not mean that you have to rough it and this includes eating, with only the best ingredients used, either sourced locally or flown in from Johannesburg.

Views from The OutpostBreakfast and lunches are often served in the dining area of the main building which has fantastic views of the Luvuvhu River Valley and depending on your length of stay, a picnic lunch is sometimes prepared and served out on safari on the banks of the river or under the Baobab trees. You can enjoy your dinner under the stars on the deck next to the pool, or in the enclosed courtyard.


Game Drives & Walking Safaris
All safaris are conducted by qualified safari guides (field guides) and during your stay, you can choose between a long or short game drive in open-air four wheel-drive vehicles in the morning and again in the late afternoon, returning in time for dinner. The game drives are not restricted to public roads in the Kruger National Park and mostly make use of tracks formerly reserved for the use of Park officials. Apart from Elephant, Buffalo and the resident prides of lion, you often see Rhino and many species of antelope including nyala and tsessebe which are not often seen elsewhere in the Kruger National Park.

Elepahnt s are often seen in the riverInstead of a game drive, you can choose to go on a walking safari to experience the bush on foot. These take you to parts of the area that is not accessible to vehicles including the spectacular Lanner Gorge. The Makuleke Region is renowned for its birding and guests may be able to see scarlet chested sunbirds, broadbilled rollers, redheaded weavers, wattle- eyed flycatchers and owls such as the Pel's fishing owl, the scops, white-faced, pearl-spotted and giant eagle owl.

Away from the animals, you can go on a guided visit to the Makuleke Village or discover the area's rich historical and cultural heritage by going on a guided visit to Crooks Corner and the Thulamela archaeological site that overlooks the Luvuvhu River. Artifacts dating from 1460 to 1640 have been found tying them to the last phase of the Zimbabwe culture. In the late 19th century, the historic Ivory Route passed alongside the Luvuvhu River to Crooks corner at the confluence of the Limpopo and Luvuvhu rivers and the border of Mozambique, Zimbabwe and South Africa. A visit to Thulamela is a half day excursion.


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How to get to The Outpost Safari Lodge

Because The Outpost is located right in the northern section of the Kruger National Park, you can make the journey to the lodge your own safari, by driving through Kruger to get there, but remember that even though the route is shorter through the Kruger National Park, the speed limit is 50km per hour, making the driving time much longer. If your flight arrives in Johannesburg, you can hire a vehicle from the airport and drive from there. (View my Guide to Car Hire in South Africa).

Driving through the Kruger Park

From Skukuza drive north to Letaba Camp, and then continue onto Shingwedzi and further towards the Pufuri Gate (the most northern gate of the Kruger National Park). Once you have crossed the bridge over the Luvuvhu River, in the far north of the park, drive for approximately 18km and look out for the Outpost sign (which is on the right hand side of the road, and built out of stones). At the sign, turn left and travel on a dirt road for approximately 4km before you reach the camp.

Skukuza is situated a total of 380km from Pafuri and as such, it is recommended that you leave from Skukuza as early as possible. A good idea is to have breakfast at Satara and lunch at either Mopani or Shingwedzi Camps, or if you prefer, you can have lunch at The Outpost which is served between 14h00 and 16h00.

Driving around Kruger

This route is far quicker, but obviously not quite as interesting: Follow the N1 north towards Messina (Musina). Just after you have gone through the Baobab Toll Gate, you will find the R525 turn-off to Tshipise and Pafuri. Take this turn-off to your right and you will eventually pass Tshipise on your right. Further along the R525 you will also pass through the Masisi boom (this access boom is approximately 111km from the R525 turn-off from the N1). Approximately 23km further, still on the R525 you will enter through the gate to the Makuya and Kruger National Parks. From this gate travel a further 6.6km until you see the sign for the Outpost. Turn right at the sign and follow the 4km dirt road to the camp.

Distances From Johannesburg:

  • Crocodile Bridge Gate: 475 km, take the N4 via Witbank & Nelspruit to Komatipoort
  • Malelane Gate: 428km, take the N4 via Witbank & Nelspruit to Malelane
  • Paul Kruger Gate: 460km, N4 to Nelspruit, R40 to Hazyview, turn right to gate or 470km if you take the N4 to Belfast, R540 to Lydenburg via Dullstroom, R37 to Sabie, R536 to Hazyview, on to gate
  • Pafuri Gate: 600km, N1 to Louis Trichardt, on to Musina (Messina), but turn right at R525


Fly to Kruger

Another option other than driving all the way is to fly to one of the three airports near Kruger: Hoedspruit Airport, Phalaborwa Airport and the Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA). There are daily flight to all three airports from Johannesburg as well as other cities in South Africa. From here you can hire a vehicle to take you on to The Outpost.

For more information see the guide on how to get to Kruger National Park.

Map of the Kruger National Park

Below is a map of The Kruger Park, showing the location of The Outpost, right in the northern section.

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